Cloud Computing for Slimmers

The emergence of slimline Operating Systems (OS) such as Jolicloud and Google’s Chrome OS, which focus upon delivering applications, file storage and security from the web, changes things.


They herald the promise of much faster access to what we want and do the most – the web.

Think about it. No really, really think about it. When you boot your PC, laptop, tablet, or mobile device, what and where is it that you want to go fastest and first? Email? Information search? Apps that keep you productive or in the social mix? The probability is that all this stuff is now located on the web – in ‘The Cloud’. Even the files that you store, or media that you might want to share, are sitting out there in the ether…

So… Why on earth would you want to hang about waiting for your device to boot, figure out if it is up to date, virus scan gigs and gigs of inefficiently used, or unused, hard disc drive (HDD) space, nag you for reboots and oh, check if it is still up to date, etc., and so on?

What if your Operating System (OS) went on a diet? What if it was designed to get you onto the Internet and to all of the stuff that you want to do way faster? Maybe you could even stop worrying about losing your stuff, or protecting it from nasty intruders? How about you don’t need to think about changing your device, or upgrading your hardware, every couple of years?

These are just some of the things to start considering when looking at what the slimline and web focussed OS’ have to offer. Whether you are replacing your home setup, or if you are making decisions about a full-on enterprise alternative to traditional desktop solutions, you probably should consider the Cloud desktop.

Here are just a few reasons why…

1) An OS that is slimline, or small footprint, demands less of your device resources and thus – assuming the hardware keeps working – is faster for longer;

2) Less apps installed locally means fewer updates, reduced client management and backup and recovery headaches are pushed into the Cloud;

3) Why not combine a move to the Cloud with a reduction in Hard Disc Drive (HDD) space and device moving parts by phasing in Solid State Drives (SSD) – extended device life too?

4) Consider a support model that favours connectivity and capacity over the device and hardware – if most stuff is in the Cloud then issuing a replacement device is far cheaper – standard builds and courier swaps, as well as pushing identity management and authentication beyond the Local Area Network (LAN);

5) Do we need locally housed and managed servers anymore?

6) A slimmer OS is more likely to accommodate a lower powered device and hence, greener IT – oh and did I mention that you might be able to do away with local servers, related air conditioning and useful space?;

7) Web apps are increasingly device agnostic;

8) Flexible and mobile working combined with workforce reform can only thrive in this environment;

9) So… Sustainability, portability, cheaper and greener!

I’m leading a project to introduce and pilot a small number of Cloud focussed OS devices into schools and these are a few of the questions that I hope to answer. And that’s alongside assessing the real benefits that any of these sorts of ICT devices might bring to an education, or business, environment. So do follow me on Twitter, subscribe to my RSS feed, or keep coming back to see how these questions are answered in the real world.

I’ve focussed upon evidencing the delivery of cheaper desktop solutions here. But this is just one piece in the whole Cloud jigsaw. In my opinion, key to an overall successful Cloud strategy is data and / or information interoperability. You want all of these disparate Cloud apps to link together for the user’s sake! If you are reading this with interest and a watching brief, then whatever your current strategy is, start with open standards data interoperability! If you are in the education market then don’t miss SIF!

The Evolution of the Web

Whilst trawling for information on Chrome OS and its supporting devices to understand how these might be deployed and managed across a large estate, I stumbled upon this great interactive infographic, built in HTML5, which details the evolution of major web technologies and browsers.

The Evolution of the Web



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So… What do you really think?

If you are reading this, then the likelihood is that you got here via the web and your internet browser after reading a Twitter or Facebook post, searching Google, or whatever… You probably have an interest in technology and maybe its use in education?

So… What do you really think?

I’m a keeny beany when it comes to getting your feedback and where better than using this blog?

– Do you think that web apps can replace traditional classroom ICT tools for good?

– What sorts of devices do you think are really suitable for everyday use?

– What will a classroom or school of the future look like?

– What do you really think?

Post your replies here and I’ll publish ’em 🙂

Shift Happens : UK Original

Good illustration of the challenges and opportunities we face…

About F2MKE

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My name is Michael Pickett and I have worked in the ICT industry since 1997.  I have a broad ICT knowledge having been lucky enough to have experience in both private and public sectors in roles ranging from service desk and engineer, to web developer and technical architect. I have managed teams including specialists and been responsible for delivering major projects, some of which impact upon approximately 130,000 end users. The main thrust of my current role is technical strategy working in the education sector.

Michael Pickett

Michael Pickett

The purpose of the F2MKE – Future2: Mission Knowledge Economy – website and supporting blog is to share my current experience and ideas about the delivery of “Invisible ICT in Learning”. Can ICT really become the 5th Utility (along with water, electricity, gas, and telephone)?  ICT can certainly transform learning and deliver great efficiencies. But it has to be industrial strength and sustainable. If the electricity or water supply fails at school then the likelihood is that the school will have to close until fixed. This is fast becoming the same in the event of a school’s ICT breakdown.

Quick Disclaimer 😉 The views and ideas published on this website are my own, or those of fellow bloggers and do not necessarily reflect those of my employer.

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The purpose of the F2MKE – Future2: Motivating the Knowledge Economy – website and supporting blog is to share my current experience and ideas about the delivery of “Invisible ICT in Learning”. Can ICT really become the 5th Utility (along with water, electricity, gas, and telephone)?